Moral High Ground
Just as the characters in Good Morning, Midnight grapple with an uncertain future in a world irrevocably transformed, we face uncertainty as we begin to see the effects of climate change. What began as a book, Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, has evolved into a conversation about our moral responsibility to the planet. The book’s editors, Kathleen Dean Moore and Michael P. Nelson, join us to continue this timely discussion about the “moral dimensions of the planet in crisis” and our responsibilities for the future of our world.
Kathleen Dean Moore is a writer, moral philosopher, and environmental thought-leader. As a writer, she is best known for award-winning books of essays that celebrate and explore the meaning of the wet, wild world of rivers, islands, and tidal shores - Riverwalking, Holdfast, Pine Island Paradox, and Wild Comfort. But her growing alarm at the devastation of the natural world led her to focus her writing on the moral urgency of action against climate change and habitat destruction.
Moore was a Finalist for a 2017 Oregon Book Award for Moral Ground: Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril, which gathered testimony from the world's moral leaders about our obligation to the future. She also wrote Great Tide Rising: Finding Clarity and Moral Courage to Confront Climate Change, published by Counterpoint Books in 2016.
Moore lives in Corvallis, OR. In the summers, she and her husband live in a cabin where two creeks and a bear trail meet a tidal cove in Alaska's maritime wilderness.
A graduate of Wooster College, Moore earned a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado, Boulder, in the philosophy of law, with a focus on the nature of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Michael P. Nelson is an environmental scholar, writer, teacher, speaker, consultant, and Professor of Environmental Ethics and Philosophy at Oregon State University.
He holds the Ruth H. Spaniol Chair of Renewable Resources and serves as the Lead Principal Investigator for the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest Long-Term Ecological Research program at OSU. He is also the philosopher in residence of the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose Project, the longest continuous study of a predator-prey system in the world.
Nelson is the co-founder and co-director of the Conservation Ethics Group, an environmental ethics consultancy group fusing ethics with social and ecological science. He is called upon regularly by various government agencies and conservation organizations to assist with understanding the ethical implications of natural resource management decisions. He lives in Corvallis, Oregon.
Nelson earned a B.A. in Philosophy/Religious Studies at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, a M.A. in Philosophy at Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in philosophy at Lancaster University in England.